So, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi has her own website (padmalakshmi.com). And according to a couple of posts under the “taste” content category, she also has some wonky ideas about diet and health, including a “weight loss poem,” that helps her drop pounds, “without any exercise.” File this under: Celebrity weight loss tips not to follow.
According to her blog post, the poem goes like this:
No meat, no sweets, no wheat, no cheese, no alcohol, no fried food.
She uses it whenever she “needs to lose weight,” and she recommends it as a post-holiday slim-down mantra for readers, too:
I followed this regimen for the entire month of October and managed to lose weight without any exercise. The guidelines are very strict—you can’t eat even a crumb of toast—but it’s a healthy and mindful way to lose weight in a small time frame. White meat such as fish, turkey, or chicken breast are acceptable, but there is absolutely no red meat allowed. Small amounts of potatoes or rice are also fine, but it should be kept to a minimum. If you follow this poem for the entire month of January, not only will you feel clearheaded but you will also most certainly lose weight.
The diet rules themselves aren’t terrible, or even that weird (although she’s basically hopping on the gluten-free trend, which doctors have repeatedly emphasized isn’t a great weight loss technique for people who don’t have a gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease). But her emphasis on cutting out major food groups to drop weight without exercise isn’t really a sustainable or balanced way to lose weight (and for most people, neither is her pre-meal cleansing cranberry juice cocktail, but that’s another blog post for another day).
As a model who’s also a professional eater for a few weeks every year, Lakshmi is constantly asked about how she manages her weight. She’s told Playboy about her fast metabolism, and–especially when she was a paid spokesperson for Danskin’s “Move for Change” campaign–she’s also discussed her favorite workouts. All of which has made her seem pretty down to earth for someone whose body and weight are literally in the spotlight as part of her career. But repeating rhymes about what not to eat for rapid weight loss, and encouraging fans to yo-yo with periodically restrictive diets is far from her best advice.
To each his own, but just…don’t listen to Padma this time, folks.
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